'Hunger Games' Amandla Stenberg To Star In Black Lives Matter Film, Scoop On 'The Hate U Give'

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Amandla Stenberg spent the Hunger Games fighting back against a murderous government, but when the actress appears in The Hate U Give, she will be battling a very different type of injustice.

Angela Thomas' YA novel has yet to hit the bookstores, but Fox 2000 has already scooped up the rights to the story. Stenberg stole our hearts as the innocent Rue back in 2012, and in Fox's adaptation of The Hate U Give, the 17-year-old actress will take on the role of Starr.

The Hate U Give is a timely tale set to the backdrop of the Black Lives Matters movement, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The story revolves around Starr, a 16-year-old girl from the inner city who finds her life turned upside down when she sees her unarmed friend shot by police. Currently attending a suburban prep school, Starr will quickly find herself torn between her two very different worlds.

The film will be directed by George Tillman Jr. (Men of Honor, The Longest Ride) and adapted by Audrey Wells (Under the Tuscan Sun).

Thomas took to Twitter to celebrate the good news on Tuesday afternoon.

Outside of the Hunger Games, Stenberg has stared in Mr. Robinson and Rio 2

The Hate U Give does not currently have a projected release date. 

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